Tennessee House speaker will resign amid scandal over sexually explicit text messages

Written by on May 21, 2019

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada announced Tuesday that he plans to resign from the House’s top leadership position. Casada had earlier received a vote of no confidence from fellow House Republicans Monday.

“When I return to town on June 3, I will meet with caucus leadership to determine the best date for me to resign as speaker so that I can help facilitate a smooth transition,” Casada said in a statement.

Casada, 59, has been under intense scrutiny since it was revealed that Casada and his former chief of staff Cade Cothren, 32, exchanged sexually explicit text messages about women. The messages spanned from 2014 to 2016. During that time, Cothren, who was then serving as House Republicans’ press secretary, also reportedly solicited oral sex from an intern.

In one of the messages to Casada, Cothren sent a photo of an upside-down woman next to a pole. The speaker responded, “What about some pole dancing?” He also asked Cothren, “Can I just touch????”

Cothren responded, “Lol maybe just once.”

In another message from Cothren to Casada, he discussed a sexual encounter he had at a restaurant and texted: “Just so y’all know, I did f— [woman’s name] in the bathroom at party fowl. Will send pictures later.”

Casada responded: “Only gone for 60 seconds. R u a minute man???;)”

Cothren said, “Yes, I take after you. Like father like son.”

The speaker responded, “Lolol! If I’m happy, then all is good!!!!!”

Casada’s resignation will mark the first time a speaker resigned from Tennessee’s legislature since the resignation of a Senate speaker in 1931. Cothren resigned earlier this month after the text messages became public.

Source: Washington Examiner – Politics

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